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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania to S. Tropical Africa.

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Acanthaceae (part 1), Kaj Vollesen, Flora of Tropical East Africa, 2008

Morphology General Habit
Erect (rarely procumbent) single-stemmed unbranched (rarely branched) annual herb; stems up to 60 cm long, sparsely to densely pilose with shiny many-celled hairs, sometimes also with a band of puberulous hairs.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves: some or all whorls with one pair more than 5 times longer than the other, but some often subequal; lamina narrowly ovate or narrowly elliptic, largest 6.5–22 × 0.5–1.9 cm, margin of larger with 3–13 widely spaced teeth per side, of smaller with 3–5 larger teeth per side, sparsely pubescent (or pilose along midrib), hispid-puberulous above.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Heads dense, near top of stems; peduncle (0.5–)1–7(–12) cm long, usually ± deflexed, indumentum as stems; axes puberulous to pubescent, with capitate glands; floral leaves and outer bracts narrowly ovate to narrowly elliptic, up to 7(–9) cm long, pubescent to pilose, ± capitate glands; inner bracts similar, up to 23 mm long, with capitate glands.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals puberulous to pubescent (often also with long shiny many-celled hairs), with capitate glands; upper ovate, 20–27 mm long, narrowing gradually to apex or with slightly ligulate apical part, apex acute, lateral teeth absent; lower narrowly ovate-elliptic, 17–24 mm long, not ligulate, bifid, usually also with 1(–2) central teeth and with 1–3 lateral teeth per side; lateral 18–26 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla blue to dark blue or mauve, 18–26 mm long of which the tube 5–8 mm; limb very indistinctly lobed, without capitate glands below, callus with 3 equally strong ribs and 3 large apical flanges (or central weaker).
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Filaments 4–7 mm long, sparsely glandular; tooth 1–1.5 mm long, rounded, curved or straight; anthers 3–4 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule ± 13 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seed ± 11 × 7 mm.
Distribution
Range: Congo-Kinshasa, Angola, Zambia, Malawi Range: Tanzania. Flora districts: T2 T4 T5 T7 T8 Range: Congo-Kinshasa, Angola, Zambia, Malawi
Ecology
Acacia-Brachystegia boehmii wooded grassland on clay, grassland on black cotton soil, on wet mud at edge of pools, roadsides; 850–1750 m
Note
It also has a very indistinctly lobed corolla limb with the two lateral lobes almost absent. This species has very large fruits and seeds for a species in sect. Scorpioidea.

Native to:

Angola, Burundi, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre

Blepharis katangensis De Wild. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Bidgood, S. [6189], Tanzania K000468235
Bidgood, S. [5334], Tanzania K000190564
Bidgood, S. [6041], Tanzania K000468384

First published in Ann. Mus. Congo Belge, Bot., sér. 4, 1: 146 (1903)

Accepted by

  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Govaerts, R. (1996). World Checklist of Seed Plants 2(1, 2): 1-492. MIM, Deurne.
  • Vollesen, K. (2008). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Acanthaceae(1): 1-285.
  • Vollesen, K. (2013). Flora Zambesiaca 8(5): 1-184. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Ann. Mus. Congo, Bot., ser. 4, 1: 146 (1903)
  • Contrib. Fl. Katanga: 201 (1921)
  • Lebrun & Stork, Enum. Pl. Afr. Trop. 4: 473 (1997)
  • Suppl. 4: 92 (1932)
  • Suppl. 5: 54 (1933)
  • Vollesen, Blepharis: 284 (2000).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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